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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

MAC Creme d'Nude Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick

MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick ($14.00) is a creamy, nearly opaque pink-toned fleshy nude. It’s warm enough to keep it from being too corpse-ish of a nude, and it’s definitely a popular favorite amongst Temptalia readers! (I wasn’t going to include it, because my store was out when I did my buying for Spring Season lipsticks, but due to the demand… I pestered my store until they found one for me!) It’s a cremesheen finish, so it has a creamier look without being too thick or having a lot of slip. Like most MAC lipsticks, it is vanilla-scented and wears for a few hours before fading.

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


Do you wear eyeshadow that matches your eye color? (e.g. green eyeshadow with green eyes) Or do you avoid it?

Temptalia's Answer.

Yes!

Thanks to Sally for this question!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Givenchy Summer 2010 Collection

Givenchy Summer 2010 Collection

We’ll probably start seeing Givenchy on-counter in mid-to-late April, possibly early May. (I always find Givenchy releases later in each season–the earliest of the summer launches are due out for early April!) Thanks to Debbie for the deets.

Fleur de Frangipanier (Limited Edition)

  • Island Sun (No. 2)
  • Island Tan (No. 3)

Le Preisme Yeux Island Camaieu (Limited Edition)

  • Island Lagoon (No. 17)
  • Island Sand (No. 18)

Phenomen’Eyes (Waterproof)

  • Black (No. 1)
  • Brown (No. 2)
  • Turquoise (No. 3)

Acti’Mine Sun (Limited Edition)

  • Island Honey (No. 9)
  • Island Macadamia (No. 10)

Pop Gloss Crystal Sun (Limited Edition)

  • Sun Guava (No. 472)
  • Sun Papaya (No. 473)
  • Sun Cocoa (No. 474)

Rouge Interdit (Limited Edition)

  • Island Hibiscus (No. 47)

Vernis Please! (Limited Edition) (Not available in the U.S.)

  • Island Lagoon (No. 169)
  • Island Palm (No. 170)

Availability: April/May 2010

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener
Before / After

Concealer Reviews: Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener ($38.00 for 1.5ml) is a lightweight concealer/eye brightener.  This is a long-standing product, but it was recently repackaged into a pen delivery system.  The original version was available in a pot form, which some found a bit messy.  It always did a nice job of covering up undereye circles and instantly brightening the eyes on those hurried mornings, but I feel like the product in the new packaging just doesn’t do it for me–on all points!

Even though the pen makes it much more portable and easier to use on-the-go, because you don’t have to use a separate brush, and you also don’t have to worry so much about it drying out… It can also allow for more bacteria growth, since the product is coming into more direct contact with your skin and if you don’t clean or wipe off the brush, it can cause build-up.   For that reason alone, I’ve just never been a huge fan of brush-type anything (gloss, concealer, whatever!).  Because the product gets twisted up and delivered by being pushed up onto the brush, the product itself feels like it’s much thinner/runnier than the original pot version.  I find this almost makes it easy to over-apply, because you don’t have the same level of control over how much squeezes out of the pen.

My last complaint is the size — they really reduced the amount of product you get and upped the price.   It takes me awhile to get through a concealer (read: never), but I imagine for more dedicated concealer users, it can get pricey real quick.  (It used to be $32 for 7ml as compared to $38 for 1.5ml!)  I can get down with new packaging costs, upward costs, but this was a severe reduction in quantity (it’s not just 10%, it’s 7ml to 1.5ml — 5.5ml less!) along with a significant increase in price (it’s not just $1, it’s $6). If it was the same as it was before, in terms of quality, it might still be worth it, but it’s not!   Bobbi Brown is not YSL (the most direct comparison I could find), which is $40 for 2.5 ml, so I wouldn’t expect Bobbi Brown to be priced higher than YSL (by the ml).

It performs nicely–it brightens and lightens my under eye enough to give me a fresher, more awake appearance.  It doesn’t settle into fine lines or crease throughout the day, which are definitely two important necessities when it comes to an under eye concealer!   It’s a little on the thin side, though, so while it certainly feels lightweight, those with darker under eye circles may find this doesn’t give them enough coverage.

I would skip this, to be honest.  It’s not quite as good as the pot version, plus with the price increase and severe quantity decrease, it’s not good enough to fork over $38 for it.  Though I haven’t tried it myself, I’ve heard good things about Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer, so I’d probably recommend that if you were looking for a concealer from Bobbi Brown!  Surprisingly, the Bobbi Brown website has a review system in place, and based on 52 reviews, the new Tinted Eye Brightener only has 3 stars–the Creamy Concealer has 282 reviews and 5 stars!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 4/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  Keep the new packaging in mind–it may or may not be your cup of tea; and the price may keep you on the hunt for a different concealer–maybe Bobbi’s Creamy Concealer instead…

Availability: Bobbi Brown

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Guerlain Galia Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galia Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Galia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Galia (#03) Rouge G Lipstick is a pinked-beige nude lipstick with a creamy, lightly glossy look. It has no real detectable shimmer, but it has this soft sheen that makes it look like you’re almost wearing a gloss but not quite. I found this to be a hard-to-describe color, just because it’s not quite a nude yet it’s not beige nor pink nor peach. It’s like a triple threat combo!  Rouge G lipsticks are soft, creamy, and wear beautifully with a solid four to six hours of wear and always feel lightweight while giving full color coverage.  They are, however, scented with a sweet strawberry-ish scent (more subtle than the typical Guerlain lip color scent, but it’s the same).

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

If you were using MAC Straw Harvest Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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